Microsoft recently filed a patent application for a laptop-style device. The new device would consist of an all-encompassing, touch-capable, flexible screen. Plans for the screen include being divided into three sections: the top to display content, a “transition” section at the “bend” that would contain the taskbar, and a section for a virtual keyboard. Embedded sensors would reportedly be used to determine which screen the device operator is using to display content.
Plans for the device would also consist of a transparent cover, a touch-sensitive layer underneath, the flexible display unit, and a thin “shell” binding these ingredients to a hinge. The company is looking at plastic, glass, ceramics, fiber composites, metals, or a combination of these materials to comprise the shell.
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